University of California, Riverside


Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence

Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence

California Certificate of HonorOn behalf of the state of California, Lieutenant Governor, Gavin Newsom, awarded Dr. Raj Singh the State of California Certificate of Honor for outstanding instruction at the University of California Riverside, School of Business. #UCRBusiness

Our business school faculty strive not only to be outstanding researchers and experts in their field, but also to be excellent teachers. AGSM students are able to vote for the best professors they had throughout their study program. Each year two prizes are awarded to faculty for teaching excellence based on student votes.

The two categories are:

  • Preparation for Business Administration major (BUS 10 and 20) and Upper-division major requirements
  • Elective courses


All Pre-Business and Business Major students are eligible to vote. Any faculty member (ladder-rank and lecturer) who has taught at least 3 classes in the last two years is eligible for the award. After winning an award in a category, a faculty is not eligible to win the same award for the next 2 years.

Evaluating Teaching Effectiveness

In judging the effectiveness of a professor’s teaching, students should consider such points as the following: ability to organize material and to present it with force and logic; capacity to awaken in students an awareness of the relationship of the subject to other fields of knowledge; fostering of student independence and capability to reason; spirit and enthusiasm in teaching; ability to arouse curiosity in students, to encourage high standards, and to stimulate students to creative work; personal attributes as they affect teaching and students; extent and skill of the professor’s participation in the general guidance, mentoring, and advising of students; effectiveness in creating an academic environment that is open and encouraging to all students, including development of particularly effective strategies for the educational advancement of students in various underrepresented groups.

Selection Process

Voting is online and is open to all Pre-Business and Business Major students. The names of eligible faculty will be listed in each award category and students will be asked to vote for up to 3 professors in each category. The winners are selected based on the most student votes.


2016 winners

Raj Singh


Congratulations to Dr. Raj Singh for winning this year’s Golden Apple Awards for teaching at the undergraduate program.  Dr. Singh is a double winner in both Golden Apple categories.

Dr. Singh's bio and current courses taught.

Runners Up

Sean Jasso

Dr. Sean Jasso was the runner up in the first category, "Preparation for Business Administration."

Dr. Jasso's bio and current courses taught.


Dr. Boris Maciejovsky was the runner up in the second category, "Elective Courses."

Dr. Maciejovsky's bio and current courses taught.

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